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Harvard College Students! Are you interested in getting involved with the Farmers' Market at Harvard? We are hiring a Student Market Assistant. See the full details below: 

Role: Student Farmers’ Market Assistant 
Description: The Farmers’ Market at Harvard was founded in 2005 and continues to operate on Tuesdays at the Science Center Plaza from 11:30am-5:30pm, June 21-October 25th. The Student Farmers’ Market Assistant will:

  • Set up and breakdown the market on Tuesdays
  • Be present at the Market Manager’s table for the duration of each market (11am-6pm)
  • Facilitate EBT transactions for customers using SNAP
  • Answer customer questions
  • Assist with promoting the market as well as SNAP outreach
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

Each Tuesday, set-up begins at 11am and closing tasks are completed by 6pm. The Market Assistant reports to the Farmers’ Market Manager. This role is a great way to learn about the local food system and interact with farmers and small business owners.
Interested applicants should email a resumé and cover letter to farmersmarket@harvard.edu by Friday, June 17th. In your cover letter, explain why you are interested in this role. 



Interested in being a Farmers' Market vendor? Download the market application and apply by March 15, 2022. Applications received after March 15th will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Before submitting your application, please familiarize yourself with the market rules. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to sign off on this document.


VENDOR SELECTION

We aim to select the greatest variety of vendors to sell at the Farmers’ Market at Harvard.

We will be accepting applications between February 1st and March 15th via email to farmersmarket@harvard.edu. Applications received after March 15th will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

BASIC MARKET DETAILS

•    The 2022 market will operate on Tuesdays from June 21st until October 25th (No Market on Tuesday, August 30th).  
•    Vendors must participate weekly.
•    The hours of the market are 11:30am-5:30pm. 
•    Vendors must register with the City of Cambridge Public Health department and meet all other food safety requirements pertinent to their products.

MARKET VALUES

•    Market friendliness and professionalism are extremely important- in interactions with the market managers, customers, and other vendors.
•    Producers must be local (from New England) with preference given to Massachusetts-based entities.
•    We encourage all vendors to apply, though are especially looking for: cheese (dairy), seafood, mushroom, honey, pasta, herbs/spices, and bean vendors for 2022.
•    Value-added food vendors will be evaluated based partly on where and how their ingredients are grown and processed.
•    We support family or cooperatively owned businesses that use fair labor practices.
•    Though Cambridge is a relatively affluent area we have many SNAP customers and students in debt who shop at the market and value vendors who offer affordable and healthy options.
•    We encourage and prioritize producers who practice (or use ingredients from) sustainable farming methods including IPM or organic growing practices and pastured and humane livestock stewardship.